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RMIT University

  • 45% international / 55% domestic

Master of Applied Science (Health & Medical Physics)

  • Masters (Coursework)

Use your advanced research skills to contribute to new developments in radiotherapy, diagnostic medical procedures and health physics.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Course Code
MR233, 079700G
Study Mode
In person
International Fees
$33,600 per year / $67,200 total

About this course

Use your advanced research skills to contribute to new developments in radiotherapy, diagnostic medical procedures and health physics.

This program is assessed by both a research project and the completion of five courses.

The research project is in medical or health physics, and is examined by thesis.

The coursework is vocationally relevant to radiotherapy, diagnostic imaging, radiation protection and health physics, and is available in online mode.

You will complete Research Methods for Sciences in your first semester. Four other courses will be undertaken in subsequent semesters.

The program is accredited by the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM) as an approved postgraduate qualification forming a compulsory component of the requirements to become a certified medical physicist.

Research activities are conducted within related research institutes and groups including the Applied Electromagnetics and Radiation Physics Research Group.

You will use state-of-the-art equipment and facilities including:

  • Brachytherapy Afterloader suite
  • Gel dosimetry
  • Optical Tomography for 3D Dosimeters
  • Anthropomorphic Phantoms
  • Radiation Instrumentation Laboratory
  • X-ray Microbeam Irradiator
  • X-ray microCT

You will also have access to partner organisation facilities including Medical Linear Accelerators, CT & MR Imaging and the Australian Synchrotron.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to a master by research program are:

  • a bachelor degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant discipline awarded with honours. The degree should include a research component comprised of a thesis, other research projects or research methodology courses that constitute at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent). The applicant must have achieved at least a credit average in the final year; or
  • evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or experience that satisfies the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training and Development or nominee that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the proposed program.

At RMIT a grade of credit represents academic achievement of 60% or higher.

Study locations

Melbourne City

Career pathways

A masters degree will provide you with a foundation for further studies into a PhD and employment in senior leadership and management research-based positions in a variety of government, non-government and corporate organisations.

Graduates of this program are now employed by organisations including:

  • Alfred Health Radiation Oncology
  • Austin Health Radiology
  • Australian Federal Police
  • Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

and many other hospitals and agencies in Australia and around the world.